Theresa Acchione

Theresa Acchione

Volunteer Profile

Volunteer Time Adds Up for Accountant

In 2000, Theresa Acchione was just starting her career as a Chartered Accountant (CA), looking forward to building a career at Deloitte and enjoying the rewards of her hard work with family and friends. But life took an unexpected turn when her father was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme. This frightening situation was tempered by her employer’s understanding and willingness to hold her job while she took time off to care for her father. Two years later, after he passed away, Theresa wanted to give back to the community to honour the support she received during her father’s journey. She reached out to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada as a volunteer, and now many years later, Theresa has become a leader in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta.

Initially unsure of how she could best contribute, Theresa began by assisting with registration at Calgary Information Day. During this day of hope and support, Theresa found herself connecting with many other people who had been touched by a brain tumour. Before she knew it, she was being asked to coordinate the Calgary Spring Sprint (now Brain Tumour Walk). Taking on the seemingly daunting role was made easier by encouraging words from the previous coordinator.

Theresa led a team of equally motivated volunteers and then coordinated the Calgary Spring Sprint for three years. Each year, Theresa found herself meeting more and more survivors and families offering continued inspiration. “You would think that the people going through it wouldn’t have the time or energy to come out, but they somehow do,” she says in awe. It was this inspiration that led Theresa to begin directing her energy towards the Calgary Support Group as the convenor.

During these years of building community amongst brain tumour survivors and their families in Calgary, Theresa was also successfully growing her career as a CA with Deloitte. As part of this, Theresa built connections between Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Deloitte as a member of the Deloitte Employee Group that solicited the National Platinum Sponsorship for the organization. This professional success combined with her personal dedication to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada was recently commended when Theresa was awarded the Chartered Accountants Association of Alberta’s Early Achievement Award. This award recognizes excellence in both professional and charitable service in the early years of a CA’s career.

Despite her constantly busy schedule of balancing work and volunteering, Theresa says she finds time to help because it is a gratifying cause close to her heart: “It’s not just another task on my to-do list. It is something I want to do, even with many other things on the go.”

Congratulations, Theresa, on your award and thank you for your dedication and kindness to everyone you have met during your years as the Coordinator for the Calgary Spring Sprint and as the convenor of the Calgary Support Group.

Your help is needed to support the brain tumour community. Roles are available in most communities across the country.

If you are interested in donating your time and talent, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Volunteer Services Specialist
jmcintosh@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106, ext. 231


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